About 200 firefighters fought the blaze and a woman was arrested as police investigate a possible arson.
A woman has been arrested after 10 people died in a fire that destroyed a building in a wealthy district of Paris.
The fire in the upscale 16th arrondissement of the French capital in the wee hours of Tuesday left at least 31 injured, including six firefighters.
French President Emmanuel Macron took to Twitter to express that “France is waking up with emotion after the fire on rue Erlanger in Paris last night”.
France wakes up in emotion after the fire on rue Erlanger in Paris last night. Thoughts for the victims. Thank you to the firefighters whose courage saved many lives.
—Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) February 5, 2019
About 200 firefighters battled the blaze, which started around 1 local time (midnight GMT) and went out after several hours. Firefighters described the area as an “incredible scene of violence”.
“I heard a woman screaming in the street, calling for help”, a witness Jacqueline Ravier, who lives opposite the building, told the Associated Press news agency.
She said the shocked residents were evacuated and taken to her apartment building and the one adjacent to it.
Ravier described seeing “a young man in his underwear”, blackened by smoke, and a woman standing still on the ground outside.
“One person was arrested. It’s a woman. She is currently in detention, “Paris prosecutor Rémy Heitz said Tuesday morning.
An investigation was opened on the charge of causing death by arson.
The southwest district of the capital is popular with tourists and overlooks landmarks such as the Trocadero, the Eiffel Tower, the Paris Saint-Germain stadium, the Parc des Princes, the picturesque Bois de Bologne and many shops and restaurants. upscale restaurants.
“We had to carry out a lot of rescues, including some people who had taken refuge on the roofs. About thirty people were evacuated on ladders, “firefighter spokesman Captain Clément Cognon told AFP news agency.
Several streets in the upscale neighborhood have been cordoned off by police and firefighters.
At the end of December, two women and two girls died of suffocation in a fire that broke out in an HLM building in the north-eastern suburbs of Paris.
In January, a gas explosion, followed by a fire in a bakery, killed four people in the 9th arrondissement.